The Salvation Army is once again organizing its Adopt-A-Family program, which gives generous Kamloops residents a chance to help a financially struggling during the holiday season.
Families in need can apply to the Salvation Army and they will be paired with a partner family able to offer them support.
Supporters are expected to purchase a maximum of $125 worth of gifts for each child in the family, with that value breaking down to one main gift of around $50, a second gift between $25 and $30 and a final small item around $20. Supporters would also include a $60 gift card to the family’s preferred grocery store in order to purchase items for Christmas dinner.
“A lot of the families that come in to receive support for us, it’s not that they don’t want to be a part of their child’s Christmas, it’s that they don’t have the funds to do that,” said the Salvation Army’s Capt. Kelly Fifield.
That’s why it is asked that gifts be delivered unwrapped, so parents can get a chance to be involved in the holiday routine and include their own handwriting on the gift tags.
There are families that apply for both food and gifts, as well as families that only apply for the food. Last year, the Salvation Army was able to provide food hampers to more than 100 families, while those receiving gifts numbered around 50.
Like many things in the pandemic-afflicted 2020, the Adopt-A-Family program will be run a bit differently this year. Donors interested in adopting a family can contact Fifield at the Salvation Army by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 250-554-1611 ext. 207.
Families in need that would like to sign up for a hamper can do so online, with links available at kamloopssalvationarmy.ca and on the Salvation Army’s Facebook page.
There will be a single day scheduled for dropping off donations, with those donations then left to sit for three days before being handed out to the adopted families. Families will schedule a time to drop by the Salvation Army to pick up the donations.
Fifield said organizers are hoping to have all families matched up by the end of November. Items will be dropped off by Dec. 14 and handed out on Dec. 17.
“If we have capped out on our matchups, we may have to cap out on taking more applications, but we’re going to do whatever we can to make sure we don’t have to do that,” she said. “We’d never want to turn someone away at Christmas that needed assistance.”